NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball – Sleepers + Cash Game Picks 2/1

Back again from a quick weekend trip to a state that doesn’t allow DFS – so happy to be back on the NBA grind! We’ve got a really nice mix of games here on Monday February 1, 2016. The shorter slates look ripe – and honestly the 9 game main slate doesn’t look too scary because the elite plays are pretty obvious & standard.

Check back later, as I will be updating this as the news crosses for the NBA. If you’re not too familiar with NBA news flow – typically there’s some news in the Morning (early afternoon on the East Coast) after teams have shoot-arounds. Then you really don’t hear much until about 3pm PST/6pm EST. Typically what I do is digest the slate early. Take a break, watch stocks, maybe go for a run and have lunch. Then I sit down – digest shootaround news, and start crafting early lineups. However – don’t get married to your lineup at Noon. I like to have a core group around noon – but lineup building should happen a bit later. In GPP lineups especially, I like to play the late breaking news because less people are building lineups that late in the day.

If you’re a 20+ lineup type guy, the patient approach might not work – and you’ll certainly want to use software tools to help you generate some of those lineups. But the casual player looking to insert 5 – 10 lineups can probably start building around 3:00/6:00pm. On Draftkings, the strategy is a tad bit different since you can late swap, but on Fanduel – you need to get in locked – so give yourself about 1 hour to get that done.


Here are the target scores for each NBA daily fantasy slate on Draftkings tonight. I might be in action in all 3 slates because each one has enough games & situations to get excited about.

Draftkings 7pm (9 game) Main: 250
Draftkings 8pm (4 game) Turbo: 245
Draftkings 9pm (3 game) Late: 240

Here are the guys I’m targeting in Cash Games – and likely GPPs in the smaller 3/4 game slates.

Draftkings 7pm (9 game) Main: Durant, Westbrook, Rudy Gay?
Draftkings 8pm (4 game) Turbo: Durant, Westbrook, Milsap, Dirk,
Draftkings 9pm (3 game) Late: Rose, Barton, Gay, Middleton, Monroe

Here are some value picks. Not a ton of obvious value right now, I think as the day rolls along there might be more things opening up.

G – E’Twaun Moore
$3,200 Draftkings

G – Wayne Ellington
$3,700 Draftkings

F – Patrick Patterson
$3,800 Draftkings


Target scores tonight on Fanduel:

Fanduel 7pm (9 game) Main: 275
Fanduel 8pm (4 game) Express: 275
Fanduel 9pm (3 game) Late Night: 265

Here are some cash game targets for tonight on Fanduel:

Fanduel 7pm (9 game) Main: Middleton, Westbrook, Vucevic, Durant, Kawhi,
Fanduel 8pm (4 game) Express: Westbrook, Durant, Aldridge, Teague, Anthony Davis
Fanduel 9pm (3 game) Late Night: Rose, DeRozan, Middleton, Giannis, Cousins

F – Alongo Gee
$4,000 Fanduel

C – Kosta Koufos
$3,500 Fanduel

Recap: No recap – I’ve been out of action for the last few days being on vacation. I’m pretty sure I won’t be taking any more vacations until the spring/summer time so hopefully nothing will interrupt my play. I have been watching/following the NBA this time – so it wasn’t like being in Las Vegas. With that being the case, I think I’m going to jump back into GPP tournaments tonight along with cash games. I haven’t played too many GPPs in the last 2 weeks – so I’ll probably keep it kind of light. Cash games, I plan on doing about $10 – $15 worth if the lineups look good.



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